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Mozilla OS

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Services' started by amusicsite, 26 Jul 2011.

  1. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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  2. JakeNoolan

    JakeNoolan Well-Known Geek

    Do we really needs another mobile operating system>?
     
  3. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Do we really need another dominant OS like windows? The more the better if you ask me.
     
  4. Shaun

    Shaun Über Geek

    Variety is good, especially if it stops a corporation getting a monopolising stranglehold on a particular market - but too much of it just makes it harder to get consistency in any given standard.

    Look at how much "work around" is required in designing a modern web site - all the browser inconsistencies, CSS anomalies, all the different interpretations of HTML standards by the browser developers - throw in the requirements to have it work on all the common mobile platforms and it can be a minefield.

    This could be good and it could open up a whole Open Source mobile revolution - but it needs the killer apps and it needs support from the mobile manufacturers; if they don't get on board it won't get anywhere - no matter how good it is.

    I do wonder though, if the whole mobile OS market will change over the next few years, with a move towards giving customers more options and maybe even offering a range of OS's for your new mobile device; iOS, Android, Symbian, RIM, etc. (well, maybe not with the proprietary ones like iOS, but open source ones would widen the market and offer end users more scope, certainly ... :thumbsup:).

    Hell, it might even make it easier and quicker to bring new devices to market so there may be at least some attraction for the manufacturers.

    Cheers,
    Shaun :D
     
  5. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    I think html 5 when fully ratified and everyone supports it could become the global standard for all multimedia content.

    When fully supported all browsers and operating systems will be judged by how well you implement the standard. With html and Javascript you can do 100% of the things most people want from at least their portable device, even their desktop for some.

    There are a growing number of people who live in facebook, flicker, google and the like and almost never launch anything other thana browser on their machine. Along with that, if you want to put computers into the hands of the 2 billion poor that don't have one. Well the cheapest way is a simple computer that just runs a browser. Then something like the simple £15 Linux computers in development and the $99 laptops. If you are designing them just to run 5 tabs in a html 5 browser then you have much less to worry about.

    Once people work out how to make the most of the chromeOS computers and the hardware makers manage to get an optimized design for these simple computers. The specs for these may not change for decades as html 5 is quite robust. Also we have seen how long it takes to get the key players to agree on a standard and then all fully implement it. Even html 4 is only just now getting standard support. Html 5 is going to be the digital engine for this century. Especially if you have a good distributed implementation of it on multiple platforms. It will be harder to have an IE 5/6 problem of creating their own platform and the more people involved with implementing it will mean there will be even more interested parties by the time people start discussing html 6.

    You are already seeing content providers and shops bypassing apps in favor of a html 5 site to bypass 3rd party rules and fees. With strong rumors of an Amazon tablet which will mainly just be an access point to their store, content and media. With the right code you could do a huge amount with just a browser, screen and storage space and/ or network connection.
     
  6. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    https://iot.mozilla.org/

    While Mozilla's OS seemed to be a bit much for them to pull off. Them small embedded OS, that was spun off from it, has finally reached maturity. Mozilla are saying their IoT embedded operating system is ready to go. Works on the pi and a few other things to start with but want it to be free open and portable. I'm certainly going to be having a look at this